August 8, 2012

Cigar Review: Trinidad Paradox Toro

Trinidad Paradox
2012 has been a great year for Altadis. That senteance along could open up for this cigar, and that is because it true. With amazing releases as the VegaFina Sumum, Montecristo Epic, and Romeo by Romeo Y Julieta, I was interested to see what the company would being doing going into the trade show. When I caught the news from fellow bloggers that they would have a new release under the Trinidad brand/line, I was kind of surprised. The line has always taken a back seat, both in Cuba and the States, so to focus a new hip line under that name was interesting. What is this new line you say? The line is the Trinidad Paradox, and as it has been said numerous times with other lines, "this is not your father's Trinidad.

Besides having a vibrant and new band, compared with previous traditional Trinidad cigars, the cigar is something new compared with past Trinidad releases. This is the first time the Trinidad brand will be draped with a San Andres wrapper. The company has used wrappers from that region before, but the Trinidad line has never possessed this wrapper before. In fact, this is one of the first occasions where I have seen Altadis use a San Andres Criollo '98 wrapper ever. They have had San Andres Maduro wrappers before, but never a wrapper like this. Underneath that wrapper is a binder leaf that is Dominican Piloto, and the filler tobacco consists of Nicaraguan tobacco.
San Andres Criollo '98 Wrapper
For this review I smoked the Toro vitola, and it measures 6" and has a 54 ring gauge. The cigar has an aroma of spices, leather and wood on the wrapper; and on the foot I am getting notes of raisins, chocolate and rich earth. It is a firm cigar in hand, and I can tell is packed with tobacco by the way it feels. The cigar is nicely pressed, and there are a few veins present here and there. It has a lovely coloring, a solid Colorado coloring. It has a nice marbled coloring to it, and there are some darker areas, but mostly a coloring of dried clay soil. There is a nice draw upon cutting the head, and the aromas from the cigar are present in the cold draw.

Immediately the cigar showed some lovely sweet spice notes, and there were all those flavors from the aroma. There was a nice bit of wood and leather present, and it was then balanced and finished with some earth and cocoa notes. There was some toasty flavor profiles as well, and in terms of flavor was very enjoyable. The burn line in the first third is a little wavy, but nothing really damaging to the enjoyment of the smoke. I didn't have to relight at anytime, and there were occasions where the burn line corrected itself. It produced a lovely ash that had a solid charcoal coloring, and with that came a lot of smoke. I would say the strength level of the cigar was right over the medium point level, and between medium and medium-full.
Smoking First Third
In the second third of the cigar I found the flavors to becoming a little more complex, and there were hints of hazelnuts and a more defined cocoa presence in this third. I was still getting a lot of lovely wood, leather and earthy notes, and more importantly there was still that sweet spice presence throughout. This Criollo '98 wrapper really had a little more unique depth to it, and I believe that is where it was grown in Mexico; it just had this earthy quality to it. The construction was somewhat better in this third, not that it was majorly bad before, and I was getting a more even burn line throughout. The ash was still keeping that solid charcoal coloring, and with that was producing tons of smoke. The strength of the cigar has reached the medium full level in this third, and this is where I want the cigar to be.

I am in the final third of the cigar now, and it is closing very similar to what it was in the second third. There isn't much difference in the cigar, but when I got to that sweet spot in the second third, I really wanted to keep enjoying that flavor profile. The cocoa, hazelnut and earth notes really played off the wood and leather notes in this third, and all the time it was accompanied by this lovely sweet spice flavor profile. The cigar really captures a lot of great flavors, and makes it into a cigar that a lot of people can enjoy and pickup those qualities. The burn line really got a lot better in the final third, and was near razor sharp towards the end while producing that charcoal colored ash. It kept that great medium full body level throughout, and on the last draw it was still cool, and was getting those great sweet spice notes.

This was another winner by Altadis, and is right up there with the Romeo. I feel that Altadis is really making a move at being a large manufacturer and producing some great and unique cigars this year, that capture those "boutique qualities." I would not say this cigar is up with the Epic or Sumum, those cigars were incredible, but definitely a great everyday cigar. The cigars I smoked were a little wet, but I believe when they are released to the masses they will be perfect and ready for smoking. In terms of flavors, the cigar did not lack any in anyway, and the construction was still top notch. I give this cigar a 90, and look forward to seeing how this cigar is accepted by the market. I have really been telling consumers of the great work Altadis has shown this year for being a huge manufacturer, and this is another cigar that proves what I am saying. With such an abundance and access to great tobacco, I never doubted that a large company could make a cigar like this, but felt that in years past they did not do that. Of the large cigar manufacturers, I think Altadis is way ahead of the other, and I eagerly wait the next release by Altadis.
Paradox Toro
 *Cigar for this assessment was given to me by a retailer for review. Was not received directly at IPCPR

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2 comments:

Jason Schmitz said...

I'm smoking one presently. I agree it's pretty wet but mine is quite spongy, not firm at all. Not to say that's bothering me but the burn is extremely slow. Probably the chunkiest box press I've ever smoked, it's a heffer.

S. Geise said...

Yeah, it has a nice press to it. Reminiscent of the Monte. New York Edition. I agree with you on the slow burn, but it really made the smoke play out wonderfully and really enjoy the flavors.

I would love to see this cigar in a smaller vitola, maybe corona gorda, so I can get tons of flavors from that wrapper.

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